An important new study was released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May 2010 showing Vitamin D3 is more effective in preventing flu than vaccines and antivirals. Cod liver oil is my choice for a natural ratio of D3 and A along with the good oils. One should wonder why the public health authorities and the CDC do not recommend Vitamin D3 to prevent flu and other disorders? As the ad shows, it has been known for a long time and recommended by doctors everywhere.
Vitamin D better than vaccines at preventing flu, report claims
The risk of children suffering from flu can be halved if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccine.
Only one in ten children, aged six to 15 years, taking the sunshine vitamin in a clinical trial came down with flu compared with one in five given a dummy tablet. Mitsuyoshi Urashima, the Japanese doctor who led the trial, told The Times that vitamin D was more effective than vaccines in preventing flu.
The Japanese scientists, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, say that the anti-viral drugs zanamivir and oseltamivir reduce risk of flu infection by 8 per cent in children who have been exposed to infection, compared with a 50 per cent or greater reduction with vitamin D.
Anti-virals are also too expensive, and possibly too toxic, to be given to the population as a whole whereas vitamin D has additional benefits. The sunshine vitamin not only prevents bone fractures but is also believed to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illness, including various bacterial as well as viral infections. END Extract.
Vitamin D3 has long been known as a preventative and in building natural immunity. Also, a D3 deficiency is common and may affect most people due to poor diet and lack of animal fats.
A recent original article by Raine Saunders, a Journal correspondent, covers Vitamin D and provides terrific links for more information on treatment and prevention of all types of disorders.